As part of its 30-year celebrations, EATG is launching on World AIDS Day 2022 a publication, ‘Celebrating 30 years of HIV Activism: Stories from The Frontline’. It is available online from 1st December 2022 and includes 17 short narratives of memories and stories that encompass EATG’s lifespan.
In 2022, EATG celebrates its 30th anniversary. Launched in 1992 – during very different times – EATG has grown over the years into one of the largest European-wide patient and community-led organisations of its kind. Over its three decades, EATG’s core aims have been constant – to give a voice to people affected by HIV in Europe and protect their rights, advocate for better treatment for HIV and comorbidities, and ensure access to HIV prevention for all.
On World AIDS Day 2022, 1st December, EATG publishes ‘Celebrating 30 years of HIV Activism: Stories from The Frontline’. This publication includes personal contributions by current or past EATG members and people who have worked with EATG over the years. They reflect on EATG’s past, give examples of achievements, and highlight some of the challenges ahead.
Maxime Journiac, who joined EATG in 1996, notes EATG’s valuable capacity to welcome, support, and empower new members in their activism. A more recent member from 2016, Denis Onyango, acknowledges EATG’s role in providing a unique platform for individuals to grow and have a meaningful say in issues that affect them. A previous executive director, Koen Block, highlights EATG’s key role in bringing a patient focus into HIV research and its contribution to growing the cohort of European patient experts. Another current member, Harriet Langanke, writes of EATG’s growing diversity and the increasingly prominent role of women affected by HIV in the organisation.
All the stories in ‘Celebrating 30 years of HIV Activism: Stories from The Frontline’ provide a unique opportunity for EATG, as it reaches this important milestone, to reflect, recover and regroup. We also hope that you find the contributions interesting, informative, inspiring, and thought provoking. As we enter our fourth decade, we will continue aiming for the goal to end AIDS by 2030. We will do this as a community. For Paul Clift, writing in the publication:
The key achievement of EATG is right in front of us all the time, it’s one that we too easily forget: that a community-based organisation was created by community for community across all of Europe and that, despite huge challenges, it still exists and it still functions.
EATG’s true strength is the power of its community, and this publication highlights what can be achieved.
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